Implement Mule Deer Bow Only Season on Gulf, Denman and Hornby Islands

Regulation Number: 
2020-01-04
Status: 
Decided
Region: 
Region 1 - Vancouver Island
MU: 
1-1
1-6
Regulation Type: 
General Open Season
Species: 
Mule Deer (Black-tailed)
Closing Date: 
January 19, 2020 at midnight
Decision Statement: 

This proposed regulation change was not approved.  Further discussion and consultation with island residents will help to inform future deer hunting seasons on the islands.

Current Regulations: 

Bow Only Season

▼*1-1 to 1-15

Bucks

Aug 25 - Sept 9

2

Youth Bow Only Season***

*1-1, 1-2, 1-4, 1-5, 1-6

Antlerless

Aug 25 - Sept 9

1

*There is no bow only season on the Gulf Islands in MU 1-1 (except Gabriola Island), in Zone B of MU 1-5 (see Map A17) or on Denman and Hornby Islands (MU 1-6).

Proposed Regulations: 

Bow Only Season

▼*1-1 to 1-15

Bucks

Aug 25 - Sept 9

2

Youth Bow Only Season***

*1-1, 1-2, 1-4, 1-5, 1-6

Antlerless

Aug 25 - Sept 9

1

(delete references to no bow only season on Gulf, Denman, and Hornby Islands)

* There is no bow only season in Zone B of MU 1-5 (see Map A17)

Rationale: 

The reason for this proposal is to increase hunter opportunity, reduce the need for early season deer kill permits, and to reduce regulatory complexity in the region. Gulf Islands in MU 1-1 and 1-6 consist almost entirely of private land and landowner permission is required for lawful hunting.  As with many Gulf Islands, they are one of the many areas where high frequencies of deer/human conflicts occur. There are no conservation concerns for deer on Denman and Hornby Islands, and additional sustainable hunting opportunities are available.   From ongoing public outreach over the past several years, it is clear there is significant interest from resident hunters to hunt in this area.

Residents on the Gulf Islands continue to raise concerns and file complaints about over abundant deer populations in their communities.  Ecological damage is occurring on all the Gulf Islands and a reduction in deer numbers will help the ecosystems to recover.